, hello. pope benedict xvi shocking the world announcing his resignation. we have a live report from rome. connell: majority of americans think our economy is still in a recession. first on markets now, some currencies for you. ♪ dagen: some really shocking news out of the vatican this morning. pope benedict the 16th is resigning. dennis: the first time a pope will resign in nearly 600 years. >> i do understand that there is an incredible sense of shock here as well. he always indicated he would step down from his position if he became unable to do the job mentally, physically, and that is what he did. people did not see it coming. we have heard from world leaders . it is shocking that pope benedict will be stepping down. this is an unusual event. all sorts of new prophecies will be put into place. there will be a conclave of cardinals and so far, of course, there are already names in terms of potential next pope. it is early to get a sense of how any of them will stand in not running. that is the latest. dagen: thank you so much. it really took our breath away when the news broke.
appreciation for pope benedict. he is citing his age and failing strength as his reason for resignation. pope benedict will step down after eight years as pope. a suspected gunman and two women are dead after shots were fired this morning inside the lobby of a delaware court house. our local affiliate is reporting that the gunman was at the courthouse for a child support hearing. his estranged wife was one of the people that were killed. cleanup is underway this morning in mississippi after an overnight tornado. at least three overnight tornadoes tore through that city. they had at least 100 homes and buildings. no fatalities have been reported. more than one thousand people are now injured. those are your headlines. that to lori and alyssa. lori: thank you, heather. melissa: graduation in february. liz claman is live with rob portman. liz: that is senator rob portman family business. you know all about small businesses and certainly the challenges. goldman sachs saying we are stepping up this business. >> it is great for this area. we now have additional skills and knowledge to go out
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